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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Conference on Patenting in the Life Sciences

I will be speaking at this conference in March, 2013.


March 10 – 13, 2013


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is pleased to announce a special conference on Patenting in the Life Sciences, which for its first iteration will focus on issues surrounding the patenting of genes and diagnostics. We anticipate that this will be the first in a regular series of special Cold Spring Harbor conferences addressing the relationship between intellectual property and the life sciences.

The conference will begin the evening of Sunday, March 10, and end at lunchtime on Wednesday, March 13. Ample time for extensive discussion, panel debates, and other networking opportunities will be included in the format of the conference.

Discussion Topics

  • Gene patents in the era of publicly available whole-genome sequences
  • The Judiciary’s view on patenting genes and diagnostics
  • Global perspectives on patentability, validity, and enforceability
  • How recent court decisions will affect the biotech industry
  • The impact of Prometheus on personalized medicine
  • Policy and ethics

Salim Mamajiwalla, In(sci)te IP (Markham, Canada)
Rochelle K. Seide, RKS Consulting (Boca Raton, Florida)

Keynote Speaker
Timothy Caulfield (Faculty of Law, University of Alberta)

Invited Speakers

  • Honourable Ian Binnie (former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Lenczner Slaght LLP, Toronto, Canada)
  • Honourable Mr. Justice Sir Richard Arnold (High Court Patents, England & Wales)
  • Honourable Judge Paul Michel (former Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit)
  • Tom Irving (Finnegan Henderson LLP, Washington, D.C.)
  • Jennifer Gordon (Baker Botts LLP, New York)
  • Malathi Lakshmikumaran (Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys, New Delhi, India)
  • James Cherry (Freehills Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys, Melbourne, Australia)
  • Michelin Gravelle (Bereskin & Parr LLP, Toronto, Canada)
  • Paul Cole (Lucas & Co., Surrey, United Kingdom)
  • Katherine Strandburg (New York University School of Law)
  • Michele Wales (Human Genome Sciences, Rockville, Maryland)
  • John T. Aquino (Life Sciences Law & Industry Report, Bloomberg BNA)
  • Jennifer Elliott (Genentech, South San Francisco, California)
  • Ben Jackson (Myriad Genetics, Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Blair Taylor (Roche Medical Diagnostics)
  • Warren Woessner (Schwegman Lundberg Woessner LLP, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  • Kathleen Determann (Genomic Health Inc., Redwood City, California)
  • Jeffrey Peterson (Target Discovery Inc., Palo Alto, California)
  • David Resnik (National Institute of Enviromental Health, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina)
  • Arti K. Rai (Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, Durham, North Carolina)
  • Richard Gold (Faculty of Law, McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
  • Hans Sauer (Biotechnology Industry Organization, Washington, D.C.)
  • Daniel Kevles (Yale University Department of History, New Haven, Connecticut)

Intended Audience

Scientists, lawyers, academics, and industry professionals who are interested in the relationship between intellectual property and the life sciences

Optional Pre-Meeting Workshops

Sunday, March 10th, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Prior to the start of the meeting, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory will offer two parallel workshops that all participants will have the option of attending:

1)     IP 101
An introduction to intellectual property law aimed at scientists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and investors

2)     Biotechnology 101
An overview of recent results, technologies, and experimental techniques in biology aimed at patent practioners, venture capitalists, and investors


This conference is generously supported in part by:

Bereskin & Parr LLP
Baker Botts LLP

Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)


We look forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor in March!  Please pass this message along to colleagues who may be interested in attending. On behalf of the organizers: Salim Mamajiwalla and Rochelle K. Seide.

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